News – July 28, 2021

(Lomira) A Lomira woman found guilty in connection to the death of her three-year-old child was sentenced to 10 years in prison and placed on extended supervision 10 years yesterday. Last March, Jamie Hildebrandt admitted to stepping her son after laying him on the bathroom floor to reach for more diapers and forgetting he was there. The autopsy report concluded that there were multiple blunt force injuries to the child’s head, chest and back. Hildebrandt also admitted to using make-up to cover the child’s injuries. When asked why she didn’t call 911 after the incident, the 33-year-old said that she believed the child was okay. DA Kurt Klomberg said at sentencing, the child died alone, in sorrow and pain, after being hidden away by his mother while she went about her day.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man guilty of threatening police was placed on probation for two years yesterday (Tuesday). Miquel Lopez entered a no contest plea to a felony count of Threats to a Law Enforcement Officer in May. Lopez threatened to headbutt authorities following a domestic incident in October. The 26-year-old also kicked an officer in the foot.

(Lowell) A Reeseville man made his initial appearance in court this week on charges he injured a deputy. Craig Skalitzky allegedly punched the sheriff’s deputy twice, once in the chest and another in the face when law enforcement was conducting a welfare check on the 45-year-old. If convicted, Skalitzky faces over six years behind bars. Cash bond was set at $1,000.

(Sullivan) One person was killed a house explosion in Jefferson County yesterday. Dispatch received report of the explosion just before 2pm in the Town of Sullivan on Water Street. It took roughly two hours for crews to extinguish the fire that was still active when first responders arrived on scene. Authorities say the incident is still under investigation by state fire marshals but indicators suggest it may have been a gas explosion.

(Madison) Assembly Republicans unsuccessfully attempted to overturn Governor Evers’ veto of a bill that would have ended federal unemployment benefits. Republicans argue it is unfair that businesses have to compete with the federal government, while Democrats say the move would not actually help Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is 3.9-percent, and is below the national average, and many workers have left the retail and service sectors for other positions during the pandemic. – WRN

(Madison) Representative Will Penterman was sworn-in to the State Assembly this week. The Republican from Columbus defeated Democrat Pete Adams earlier this month for the District 37 seat. He will fill out the remainder of the two-year term that opened when John Jagler won his own special election in April to the State Senate. During his oath of office ceremony held at the Dodge County Courthouse, Penterman said he is excited to dive right in and hit the ground running to stand up against the Executive Branch who continues to spend more tax dollars.

(Wisconsin) Yesterday’s update from the state Department of Health Services shows a 7-day average of 419 new confirmed COVID cases. That’s the highest since mid-May. Tuesday’s confirmed case count of 983 is the highest it has been since the beginning of April. In Dodge County, there are currently 55 active community cases. – WRN

(Wisconsin) The largest group of people testing positive for the coronavirus in Wisconsin lately is young adults. State health officials say nearly 20-percent of all people with COVID-19 in Wisconsin are in their twenties. That’s consistent with the trend in Wisconsin for several months. – WRN